Maine for gay marriage, at least according to poll

Posted July 12, 2012, at 5:13 a.m.
Last modified July 12, 2012, at 5:58 a.m.

In a big win for civil rights advocates and the gorgeous-seaside-resort-wedding industry, a Maine ballot initiative to legalize gay marriage is polling with huge support.

A recent poll by Critical Insights of Portland showed a majority of respondents supported gay marriage just three years after residents rejected a same-sex marriage law.

The survey indicated 57 percent of respondents supported legalizing same-sex marriage compared to 35 percent in opposition, while 8 percent were undecided. In 2009, voters struck down a gay marriage law approved by the Legislature.

“More than most election issues, that’s an issue where you have to take (polling) numbers with a grain of salt. I think those numbers will be closer on Election Day,” said Jim Melcher, associate professor of political science at the University of Maine at Farmington. “That said, I think there’s been a lot of momentum in favor of same-sex marriage around the country.”

The new Maine poll shows broad support. More than 60 percent of voters in most age groups — including 18- to 34-year-olds and 55- to 64-year-olds — said they would vote yes if the election were held now.

Those 65 and older were split on the question — with 44 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed — via the Dish.

If voters approve the measure, Maine will be the 8th state to legalize same-sex marriage. I can’t help but hope Illinois follows suit soon.

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